BHOPAL: The leaders from both the major parties, the BJP and the Congress, are making efforts to get tickets for their wives for the post of Bhopal Mayor. After the seat was declared reserved for women under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, the male politicians are trying to convince their higher-ups for tickets for their wives. If these women get tickets and win the elections, it will be their maiden political innings.
Free Press spoke to a few politicians who have served in the civic body earlier and are now seeking tickets for their wives.
Former member, mayor-in-council in Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), Krishna Mohan Soni, is making efforts for a ticket for his wife. His wife, Savita Soni, is a homemaker, but Soni is a BJP leader and he has a long political experience. He says he is thinking about it and, if his family permits his wife, Savitri, to contest the polls, he will seek a ticket for her from the BJP.
Ramjan Prajapati, a BJP leader and former chairperson in BMC, says he has served as corporator for three terms and, now, he wants his wife, Kusum, to take the political plunge. He says his family wants to serve the city and, whether or not he is in power, he will serve the people.
Ravindra Sahoo, a Congress leader and a close associate of former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, is also lobbying for a ticket for his wife. Sahoo says he has been in politics for the past 27 years and his wife, Mona, is not new to the social sector.
The name of former chairperson Surjeet Singh Chouhan’s wife, Deepti, is also doing the rounds for the post of mayor. Chouhan says he is a party worker and whatever decision the top leadership takes will be accepted. He said he and his wife, Deepti, would serve the residents in their capacity.